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Stadtkirche

The Trost Organ

The Trost Organ in Waltershausen’s Stadtkirche is the largest organ in Thuringia that was built during the time of Bach. Court organ builder Heinrich Gottfried Trost worked on this organ from 1724 to 1730 without ever finishing it. It is probable that Johann Sebastian Bach is connected to the Trost Organ in some way.

Today, this instrument is certainly of great importance in understanding Bach’s organ works. Its practically unique concentration of characteristic voices opens up an enormous world of tonal colours and stop possibilities, which reveal the true richness of sound of Baroque organ music, in particular in his chorale works and instrumental adaptations.